New Hire Spotlight: Jessica Baran

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Bristol is excited to announce Jessica Baran as the newest addition to the executive search firm! Jessica joined the team in August of 2021 and has been leading searches throughout the Hospitality industry.

After being raised in New Jersey and graduating from the University of Delaware with a B.S. in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management Administration, she attended the Swiss School of Hospitality with a focus on culinary arts. Throughout her career, Jessica has utilized her unique skills and expertise to specialize in luxury brands and deliver the highest quality of strategic sales.

“We are thrilled to have her join our Bristol family! Beyond her years of industry wisdom is a heart of gold. We are grateful for the enthusiasm and positive energy she brings to our clients and candidates every day; they are in great hands,” says President Ben Farber.

Now that Jessica is settled into her Vice President role, we asked her a series of questions to break the ice.


What led you to your career as a recruiter?
“When I was a sales leader, I had a passion for always wanting to develop people to reach their full potential. Sometimes, this meant fitting people into another department. Working as a recruiter allows me to do the same thing, except I can place people in different companies, with different cultures which works best for them. I’m so grateful this job allows me to use my skills of developing people to help them become the best version of themselves.”

What are you passionate about?
“I’m passionate about helping people and realizing their untapped talent.”

Describe yourself in three words or phrases.
“Tenacious. Empathetic. Always up for a challenge.”

What motivates you at work?
“I like it when I get the chance to help with a life-changing event like by placing somebody in a new position or new city where they can redefine themselves or begin another chapter. Whether they are taking a huge step in their career or giving them the courage needed to move forward in their life, I like being able to develop someone’s career for the better. Sometimes, the life-changing event can mean placing candidates in a position so they can move back to their hometown or closer to family. I love being able to bring them closer to their goal. That’s what motivates me about this job! Bringing people happiness by contributing to something that will change their lives.”

How do you recharge after a busy day?
“Spending time with my rescue dogs, playing mahjong with my friends at the Club, “attempting” to play tennis, and being with my friends and family.”

What do you like to do outside of work?
“I like to travel and cook for my friends.”

Who inspires you?
“My brother inspires me. He is incredibly smart and funny. He reminds me of a wonderful combination of my mother and father, yet he is his own character. He is a humble guy and has a great sense of humor. Chris is also a natural born leader. Other than Chris, I find the good in people and inspiration from someone every day.”

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
“Besides Ben Farber obviously a given, I wanted to be a lawyer. But I knew I loved to travel at a young age. Therefore, I chose hospitality, so I could learn how to cook and travel the world to see many different cultures and destinations.”

Where’s your favorite place in the world?
“There are two actually: Ravella, Italy and San Sebastián, Spain.”

What kind of music do you like?
“I love all different types of music, from classic rock to nineties. I also really enjoy getting lost inside any museum for hours!”

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three items would you want to have with you?
“I’d want all the James Bond movies, a bottle of Grey Goose, and probably an endless supply of Door Dash, so I can never go hungry and always have food for my dogs.”

What’s the one piece of advice you would give others about life?
“I would say change is inevitable, so embrace it.”

Bristol Associates, Inc. is an executive search firm with over 50 years of excellence in recruiting nationwide. Bristol specializes in recruiting for the Casino Gaming; CBD; Facilities and Concessions; Food and Beverage Manufacturing; Hospital and Healthcare; Hotels and Resorts; Nonprofit; Restaurant; and Travel, Tourism, and Attractions industries.

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